Dean of the Faculty

The Gregory S. Call Undergraduate Research Program

Named in honor of Gregory S. Call, Peter R. Pouncey Professor of Mathematics, Amherst’s Dean of the Faculty from 2003 to 2014, this program provides support for Amherst students to have research experiences in a number of different ways, in collaboration with Amherst faculty members.  Students who receive funding through this program are designated Gregory S. Call Fellows or Gregory S. Call Academic Interns.

Fall and Spring Semester Funding for Research

This program provides grants of up to $500 for students to conduct research during the fall and spring semesters and during Interterm, often to support research related to senior honors theses.  The sponsorship of an Amherst faculty member is required. See for more details.

The Summer Research Program

This program provides a stipend of $410 per week plus the cost of on-campus housing for students to engage in a substantial research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The standard duration of the fellowship is from six to eight weeks, and most of the students elect to stay on campus for the full eight weeks. The majority of the students who participate in the program are rising seniors doing preliminary research for their senior honors theses, but a substantial number of rising sophomores and juniors also participate, by formulating their own research proposals and finding faculty members to supervise them. The fellowships are available to students in all disciplines.  Under this program, students who hope to conduct research off-campus, under the sponsorship of a faculty member, can also apply for a one-time grant of $500 to fund some of their research expenses.  See for more details.

The Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship

This program provides a stipend of $2,000 plus $1,500 towards living expenses to enable six students who have just graduated from Amherst to stay on campus over the summer to turn their senior honors theses into publishable papers under the supervision of their thesis advisor. (The thesis advisor receives an honorarium of $500 for this supervision.) Each department is asked to nominate one student who has produced a thesis recommended for summa-level honors that is judged to be potentially of publishable quality, and the winners are selected by a committee of deans from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.   

The Academic Internship Program

This program enables faculty across the ranks and disciplines to hire current Amherst students to help with projects relating to their professors’ pedagogy or research. The purpose of this program is to give faculty assistance for academic tasks that are substantive but time-consuming, and to give students the opportunity to work closely with, and therefore help, their faculty. Examples of projects include helping with literature searches or archival work, pulling together information or materials needed to develop a new course, or recording and analyzing data from experiments or surveys. The program is designed with maximum flexibility to ensure that faculty can get needed assistance for their projects.  For more information got to